A fateful journey about half a millennium ago has changed the course of history. This 2021, it has been 500 years since the Spanish set foot in the archipelago and introduced Christianity in our faith. At that time, though, the rest of the world saw a breakthrough in maritime navigation.
Five hundred years ago, humanity found out that circumnavigating the world is possible. Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet left Spain on 20 September 1519. An unprecedented feat by explorers Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano in a voyage commissioned by the Spanish crown, only a handful of men, led by Elcano, returned almost three years later on 06 September 1522.
The quincentennial serves as a fortuitous moment for Don Papa Rum who is launching a limited edition super-premium rum inspired by Port wine (Vinho do Porto), a dessert wine from Magellan’s home country, Portugal.
Don Papa Limited Edition Port Casks rum has been aged for 7 years in two different barrels: 2 years inside American Oak barrels that were previously used to age bourbon, then 5 more years in port casks.
A feast fit for an epic odyssey: Gastronomic delights prepared by Chef Victor Magsaysay.
Distilled on the fertile island of Sugarlandia (Negros Occidental), and aged in the volcanic climate around Mt. Kanlaon, Port Casks is a rum with a dark, spicy character, and a warming, lingering fruitiness. Deep notes of licorice, polished oak, dark chocolate, and muscovado sugar, followed by zesty blood oranges, ripe red berries, and a subtle note of fresh vanilla, give this rum its unique taste profile.
The Port Casks is presented in canisters featuring surrealist artwork inspired by the oeuvre of Salvador Dali and Antonio Pedro. The packaging showcases elements from the Portuguese explorer’s transoceanic voyage, Sugarlandia’s endemic creatures, and the likeness of Papa Isio, the inspiration for Don Papa.
The new Port Casks Rum brings another dimension to the Don Papa drinking experience with its growing portfolio including the original Don Papa 7-year-old, Don Papa 10, Rare Cask, Sherry Cask, Sevillana Cask, and last year’s Rye Aged release.
Don Papa Port Casks (70cl) is available in Ralph’s Wines & Spirits and Boozy.ph.